5.21.2009

Put Your Hands Together for Danny Gans!

The obituary of Las Vegas' most successful impressionist, Danny Gans, from the New York Times:

Mr. Gans was a show business anomaly, with no movie or television career to speak of and a long-ago one-man show on Broadway that lasted a week. Still, when he died he was grossing $18 million a year as a sure bet to lure people into the casinos that hired him, which is what it's all about.

He had no tigers, no scantily clad assistants, no fireworks — only a seven-piece band, a prop or two, and the uncanny ability to summon the voices of dozens of celebrities a night. In singing a duet of "Unforgettable," for example, he would channel both Nat King Cole and Natalie Cole.

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